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Greek Papyri Cataloguer and Researcher

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 09/09/2018
Date Posted: 08/10/2018
Reference: 02248


Full/fixed term for 12 months


The British Library houses one of the most important collections of Greek papyri in the world, comprising unique fragments of Greek classical literature, early biblical and Christian fragments as well as various documentary texts. As Greek Papyri Cataloguer and Researcher, you will use your specialist knowledge to catalogue the collection, which has recently been digitised. You will also use innovative and traditional ways of interpreting and promoting these collections through online resources and engagement with specialist and non-specialist audiences.


With a post-graduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject, you will have strong research experience using Greek papyri and a personal area of expertise relevant to the British Library’s collection. A specialist knowledge of Greek papyrology and strong knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin, excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and the ability to promote the collections to a wide range of audiences are essential.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.



Closing date: 09/09/2018

Interview date: 19/09/2018

Disability Confident

Description: employer_small (3)We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.









In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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